Perquimans seniors set for college sports
The Pirates to send seven athletes to college ranks
By David Gough
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
HERTFORD — Perquimans High School held its signing ceremony Tuesday night as it was announced where seven seniors would be continuing their athletic careers in college.
For most, it’s the end of a long journey with their childhood teammates. The exception goes to Karaye Twine and Chereiff Hunter who will both be on the men’s basketball team for Mid-Atlantic Christian University next year.
Both wanted to stay local and Twine just felt that the school was a good fit, citing that it’s a christian school and they he’ll already know people there. Hunter, though, had a little tougher time choosing.
“For a moment, I was stuck between going there or ECSU,” Hunter said. “I talked to the basketball coach about where I’d be able to play basketball and he thought that I’d like Mid-Atlantic. After that, I did some research and I toured the school. I really liked it and thought this would be somewhere I’d be able to go.”
It’s a different story for Kaitlyn Christian and McCrae Knapp. The two played softball with each other since they were eight years old and now will be moving on to play the sport at different schools.
Christian, will be going to North Carolina Wesleyan and is planning on studying criminal justice and psychology with a minor in sociology. She also hopes to attend law school after that.
“(Choosing N.C. Wesleyan) had a lot to do with softball of course,” Christian said. “I just know a lot of the girls there and I felt like I was at home when I went on campus.”
Christian was a dominant pitcher for a Perquimans team that reached the state quarterfinals this season.
Knapp was not only behind the plate catching Christian during four very good Perquimans softball seasons, but the two are best friends. While Christian knows the two will try to go to each other’s games in college, Knapp will still miss having her as a teammate.
“It’s really sad,” Knapp said. “Funny story is we used to not like each other when we played rec ball. I played for Edenton and she played for Perquimans. Then, we were on the same travel team and she just became my best friend. It always helps as a duo on the mound and behind the plate, too.”
The two still have travel softball to play with each other, but Knapp will be headed to Barton College to play the sport come next year.
She signed with Barton in early April and the school was ultimately her choice since last summer.
“I’m so excited,” the future sports management major said. “It’s a different chapter. I’m so excited to learn new coaching and to meet new people.”
Others recognized include Malik Leach, Dwuan Williams and Devin Mathis. Leach will be headed to Catawba Valley Community College to continue playing basketball, while Williams is headed to St. Andrews to continue to being a running back.
Mathis, who put together a good career as a pitcher for the Perquimans baseball team, is headed to Virginia-Wise.
“I chose it about mid-school year,” Mathis said. “I like the coaching staff and what they’re doing there. I also like the players that are already there. I feel like i can go and make an impact.”